Behind the art: 3 panels of colorful whimsy

final 3 panels flowRemember when I mentioned that I went on a search for some ugly art at thrift stores and bought some? Here’s the pile of my hidden treasures:

thrift store findsFor this project, I used the one at the far right in the photo above.  I covered the original panels with gesso and then added some background papers, paint, and I started doodling.

top panel flow

middle panel flow

bottom panel flowI was excited to try using glass beads to add some dimension.

glass beads

And here’s a before and after.  We have Salvation Army’s $1.99 piece on the left and the one now hanging in my kitchen on the right:

blog_before and after

final 3 panels flow

You can see more “Behind the Art” posts here.

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10 Responses to Behind the art: 3 panels of colorful whimsy

  1. Becky says:

    Such a smart idea to shop thrift stores for items to repurpose!

  2. Sherri B. says:

    This is so clever! What a wonderful idea and you have inspired me…your results are beautiful.
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  3. Anne Camille says:

    Great transformation.
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  4. I love seeing how you transform these pieces. As you infuse yourself into each one, they become alive. Thank you for sharing your process and your beautiful art.
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  5. kelly says:

    wow. what a great idea to transform some old pieces. these are really lovely too. wonderful colors and shapes.

    even though i’ve been a terrible blogging friend and haven’t had much time to stop in a leave a comment, i read all your posts in my google reader. and i have really enjoyed watching your evolution with your art. i just adore this mixed media style of art and your colors and designs just scream joy and hope. looking forward to seeing more. xoxo
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  6. Naomi says:

    I’ve been feeling exactly the same, Kelly! I love reading your posts and I wish I had more time for leaving comments. I have been hoping that maybe you could feel some cosmic vibe coming from me so you’d know I love you just as much as always and am out here laughing at your humorous posts. 🙂

  7. Beautiful, Naomi…Guess you know by now one of your birdies is featured on Brave Girls! Woohoo!
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  8. Eydie says:

    I saw your birdie on the brave girl’s “a little birdie told me”. I’m so proud if you. You are blooming so big, bright and colorful. I love what you are creating. I love you.

  9. Oh what a fun project! I loved seeing some of your process and how the pieces were so delightfully transformed.
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  10. Naomi says:

    The first birdie submission was your idea so I heard you in my ear this time telling me to send it!

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